Thrifting is the perfect way to sources items for your wardrobe. Whether you're looking for a unique vintage piece, designer shoes, or your favorite name brands, chances are you'll stumble across something you love while shopping. Additionally, thrift stores are great because they allow clothes that would originally have been thrown in the trash to have a second life. However, with so many stores and items to choose from, you may feel overwhelmed by the idea of thrifting. Here are a few tips to help you have the best experience possible the next time you go shopping at a thrift store.

Check out Smaller, Local Thrift Stores

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While chain thrift stores such as Goodwill and Savers are fine, instead try checking out more locally owned thrift stores in your town. Often times these stores will be less picked over so you are more likely to discover hidden gems.

Shop in the Men's and Kid's section

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Don't forget to shop the men's and kid's sections because you can find amazing, brand name, unisex clothing here. For example, in the men's section, look for oversized blazers and vintage graphic tees. Additionally, kid's sizes can include larger sizes which is perfect for finding brand names such as Adidas, Tommy Hilfiger, Nike, and so much more.

Be Aware of What Days You Shop

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Getting the best possible price on the clothes you thrift is always a major plus so be sure to pay close attention to what day of the week it is. Often times on weekdays thrift stores will designate certain color tags on their clothes that will be markdown on price. If you're a student, ask if they have a student discount too.

Have Patients

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In large thrift stores with thousands of clothing items, it can be frustrating looking through racks upon racks of clothing, but trust me it pays off! Thifting is essentially one big treasure hunt, so having patients and determination is key to finding hidden gems.

Go Often and Right When The Store Opens

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I of all people know how hard it can be to wake up early, but it's totally worth it when it comes to thrifting. Getting to thrift stores early allows you to have first dibs on clothing items that might be gone if they are sitting around for too long. Additionally, new clothing items are always being introduced onto the shelves, so be sure to shop regularly to come across new pieces.

With the help of these tips and tricks, you're bound to find exactly what you're looking for when it come to thrift shopping. There are so many fashionable pieces out there that you can keep out of landfills and give a second life to just by thrift shopping! Be sure to check out my trend collections for inspiration into what to look for while thrifting.

Happy Shopping!